Remo Capra

Say We Are Still Together

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This album compiles recordings that construction supervisor/author/balladeer Remo Capra made with various groups over a period of 45 years, 1956 to 2001. Several tracks find Capra in a different mode than his initial album, which was dedicated to romantic ballads. Nonetheless, Capra is quite adept at handling faster-paced rhythms. Despite the increased speed, his voice never discards that unique intimate quality. The cuts with Tommy Dorsey were done at his invitation just before he passed away. Dorsey was smitten with Capra's singing and these two tracks are the result of that admiration. There are two cuts from a performance at one of New York's more famous jazz clubs, The Blue Note. Backed by pianist Armen Donelian and bassist Dean Johnson, he delivers a very passionate rendition of "Le Belle Histoire d'Amour" composed by another singer with passion, Edith Piaf. The most interesting of the two songs with Neal Hefti is a determined "What Now My Love," which, given the orchestration, was much like putting words to Maurice Ravel's "Bolero." The singer is teamed with fiery saxophonist Gato Barbieri for two tunes, one from 1985 and the other from 2001. Both were produced by Teo Macero, who handled Capra's first album, which was recorded in 1960. By the time 2001 came along, one could discern the changes in Capra's voice, but not as great as one might expect given the 45 years covered by this album. While his voice has lost some of its earlier caressive quality, Capra still has an unfaltering feel for the music and an innate sense of how to use the accompanying musicians to his best advantage. This is an interesting document of a good singer who wouldn't break away from construction to devote full-time to a vocal career.

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